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Program in Political Science College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Central Michigan University

  • Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Public
  • Small
  • 36%64%
    student ratio
  • 14
    total students
  • $8,730 | $13,788
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 58%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Wide-Ranging Political Science Graduate Studies at Central Michigan University

The Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University (CMU) offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science degree program, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program, and courses contributing to other graduate programs at the university, including a concentration in public administration in the Master of Science in Administration degree program. Department coursework also fulfills the requirements for the" Political Science Concentration" for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Education degree.

The Master of Arts in Political Science at Central Michigan

The M.A. in Political Science degree program is designed to teach students about the diversity of models and approaches in the field. Students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in federal, state, and local governments; the foreign service; or the private sector.

Students each complete a 33-hour course of study including either an original thesis or 2 research papers and an oral defense before a thesis committee. Each student may elect to pursue a concentration in either "American Politics" or "International and Comparative Politics."

The Master of Public Administration Degree Program at CMU

The M.P.A. degree program at CMU is a rigorous program designed to prepare students for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of public administration. Students each complete 36 hours of coursework including either an original research thesis or a paper on an applied research topic. Students may elect to concentrate their studies in one of 3 areas: public management, state and local government, or a concentration of electives approved by the faculty adviser.

Distinguished Faculty Members in Political Science at CMU

The faculty members in political science at CMU are drawn from achievers in academia, non-profits, governments, and the private arena. Among the notables is Professor J. Cherie Strachan, author of "High Tech Grass Roots," a book on the use of sophisticated campaign technology and strategies at the local level. Dr. Strachan's current research explores the effects of different civic education messages on young people; the political culture's impact on the construction of citizenship in gubernatorial campaign and inaugural rhetoric; and the way communication patterns affect average citizens' ability to participate in the political process.

Professor Joyce A. Baugh is an expert on constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial processes, and the civil rights movement. Her book, "The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation" was part of the Landmark Law Cases and American Society series. Dr. Baugh serves as campus liaison for the Washington Center internship program.

Professor Orlando J. Perez has worked on public opinion surveys, democratization, civil-military relations, and anti-corruption issues for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Development Program. Dr. Perez has published numerous books on Latin American politics, Central America and Panama, elite political culture, democratization, political and electoral behavior, and U.S.-Latin American relations. Professor Perez also serves as a teacher at the FHR Lim A Po Institute for Social Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname.

A Rosy Jobs Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects the job market for political scientists to grow 8% over the next decade. Median income and median starting salary are projected to be significantly higher than the average in the social sciences. About half of all political scientists work for the federal government, while significant percentages work for think tanks, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, political lobbying groups, and labor organizations.

Admissions and Financial Aid in Political Science at CMU

Prospective students need at least a 2.8 GPA with a minimum of 18 undergraduate hours of political science coursework. Up to 9 hours of graduate level courses may be transferred into the program.

The Political Science Department awards a limited number of assistantships to M.A. and M.P.A. degree program students. These positions provide tuition remission, a stipend, and funding to cover the cost of mandatory university fees. Students in the public administration curriculum may also qualify for the Edward H. Potthoff Scholarship for study of local government, or the Barbara P. Greene Endowed Scholarship for students with interest in state and local governance.

A Big University in a Small Town Setting

Central Michigan University is located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, a town of about 20,000, situated about 150 miles northwest of Detroit. One of the 100 largest schools in America, CMU enjoys a 480 acre campus boasting an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern buildings. CMU has numerous annual events and traditions such as an annual cardboard boat race during homecoming and Native American Month, which celebrates the local Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.

Location & Contact

Program in Political Science

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
United States

Dr. Lawrence Sych


Phone: 989-774-3442
Fax: 989-774-1136

Ms. Laura Orta

Assistant Director of Graduate Programs

Phone: 989-774-2391
Fax: 989-774-1136

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • American Politics Master of Arts (MA) [American politics]
      Master of Arts (MA) [comparative/international politics]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 5
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


58% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 17
    • Accepted 10
    • Acceptance Rate 58
    • Enrolled 6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$8,730
    • Out-of-state tuition *$13,788
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, out-of-state merit awards

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students14
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students14
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown17%



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